Southbourne Tennis Club, Bournemouth

Project: Southbourne Tennis Club, Bournemouth

Southbourne Tennis Club in Bournemouth successfully provides social and competitive tennis for people of all ages and abilities. They are a well-established and progressive club with around 300 adult, junior and mini-tennis members. Their extensive activity and coaching programmes cater for everyone from complete beginners to county players. The facilities on offer include synthetic floodlit courts, mini tennis zone, practice wall and a club house featuring changing rooms, showers, alongside refreshments and a seating area.

The tennis courts have recently been re-vamped with products from Playrite, installed by Outdoor Carpets. Matchplay 2 was suggested to the tennis club, as it is classified to ITF Category 2 Medium Slow standards and has an in-built cushioning layer for easier impact on player’s joints. Not only that, but Matchplay 2 can be used in all kinds of weather and play can continue as little as 30 minutes after rainfall. Southbourne Tennis Club decided on a two tone court, which was created by using colours Miami and Navy. Two tone courts are becoming increasingly popular, but are generally seen in colours terracotta and green, or two shades of green like this court at West Linton Tennis Club.

The installation was carried out by Colin Lloyd of Outdoor Carpets, who has worked countless times with Playrite’s Steve Byrnes, knows the product range very well and has lots of experience in fitting tennis courts. Outdoor Carpets installed Playrite’s Matchplay 2 over an existing tamacadem painted surface, with base preparations done prior to laying. They explained how:

“It was very innovative of the club to choose the two blues instead of the standard greens and terracotta, but the end result looks great.”

Due to the good weather the 3 courts were fitted within 5 days so play could continue without major disruption.